Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cycling Cycling Safety Riding on the Footpath Increasing legal age limit for cyclists to ride on the footpath does NOT better protect cyclists! Cycling Participation Promotion Ride2School "Making it Easier to Ride from Footpath onto Road" Negligence Community Safety


Increasing the legal age limit for cyclists to ride on the footpath above 12 years of age does NOT better protect cyclists!



Six of the Nine cyclists fatally injured 

riding from the footpath onto the road or a crossing DCA 148 in Victoria during the period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013 according to VicRoads CrashStats

were aged 13 years or above and therefore illegally on the footpath.


394 of the 510 total cyclists seriously injured 

riding from the footpath or driveway onto the road or a crossing DCA 147 and DCA 148 during the same period

were aged 13 years or above and therefore illegally on the footpath.

 


 Pete Dowe 





“Dooring” is a common cycling accident type “on the radar” with the wider Victorian community, 
but as part of the emphasis on other road users’ behaviour not cyclists'.


Collisions with car doors opened onto traffic or “dooring” (DCA 163) accounts for one cyclist fatality,

and 306 serious injuries in Victoria during the period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013 according to VicRoads CrashStats.


Yet Nine cyclists were fatally injured riding from the footpath onto the road or a crossing (DCA 148) in Victoria during the same period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013 according to VicRoads CrashStats.


There were also 510 cyclists seriously injured riding from the footpath or driveway onto the road or a crossing during the same period.


The lion’s share of these fatalities and serious injuries also occurred to cyclists over 12 years of age riding on the footpath.

Six of the Nine cyclists fatally injured 

riding from the footpath onto the road or a crossing DCA 148 in Victoria during the period June 30th 2004- June 30th 2013 according to VicRoads CrashStats

were aged 13 years or above and therefore illegally on the footpath.


394 of the 510 total cyclists seriously injured

riding from the footpath or driveway onto the road or a crossing DCA 147 and DCA 148 during the same period

were aged 13 years or above and therefore illegally on the footpath.

Therefore increasing the legal age limit for cyclists to ride on the footpath above 12 years of age does not better protect cyclists.


Yet riding from the footpath or driveway onto the road or a crossing is not a cycling safety issue in the wider community!




Pete Dowe

Road Safety Advocate



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